Accused faker of certificates to be tried

Neither increased investment in the State-owned sector nor the extraction of resources will be the country’s growth engine during the years to come, the first working session between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the newly-formed economic advisory board heard on July 29. Progress in reforming the economy has been a race against time. Without an effective solution to actualize the government’s command and create motion within the entire bureaucracy, the primary economic targets of National Congress XII of the Communist Party of Vietnam will not be accomplished, Mr. Vu Viet Ngoan, Head of the board after leaving his post as Chairman of the National Financial Supervisory Commission, told the session. Other than long-term policies, the policy system in the short- and mid-terms need to touch on two basic matters, with the first purpose of policies being to untie difficulties, reducing fees for businesses and enhancing the effectiveness of the State economic sector. In the midst of that, drastically reforming the organization and implementation stages of the government’s directives are the decisive factor. Second to that is the renovation of the current operating structure. The bureaucracy, while being “pulled” by the Prime Minister, needs to be “boosted for efficiency” by the public and society. Associate Professor Dr. Tran Ngoc Anh from the US’s Indiana University suggested there be a monitoring system to assess the implementation of policies and government directives by ministries, authorities, and provinces. Director of Research at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, meanwhile,…... [read more]

NDO – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) have signed a Record of Discussion (R/D) for a project aiming to support the victims of trafficking in Vietnam. The signing ceremony, held in Hanoi on July 31, was for the “Strengthening the Operation of Hotline for Counselling and Supporting Trafficked Survivors” phase II, in continuation of the “Establishment of Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hotline” phase I which was implemented during the 2012-2016 period. In phase II, the project will help to expand the existing Child Help Hotline 18001567, operated in Hanoi, An Giang and Ha Giang provinces, to include a function as a hotline for anti-TIP, as well as strengthening the operation of the hotline during 2017-2020. Under the upcoming phase II, the connecting unit in An Giang and the newly established unit in Da Nang will be upgraded into higher level regional call centres, which, together with the existing unit in Hanoi, are expected to enhance the counselling on anti-human trafficking in the Southern, Central and Northern regions, in addition to improving the overall support for the victims of trafficking. The centres’ counsellors will be under the management of MOLISA and will be offered training in order to ensure the required expertise and support service quality. The nation-wide recognition of the hotline No. 18001567 is expected to improve the effectiveness of the projects activities. Since it began operations in October 2013, there have been nearly 10,000 calls…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has ordered Hà Nội authorities to quickly investigate a weekend fire at a bakery that killed eight people, most of them teenagers. On Saturday, just hours after the fire, the PM asked the capital People’s Committee to closely co-operate with the Ministry of Public Security to determine the cause of the fire, and report the result directly to him. The blaze started at around 10.30am on Saturday morning at a confectionary workshop by National Highway 32 in Đức Thượng Commune, Hoài Đức District, when 17 workers were working inside. As the fire spread very fast, only nine people managed to escape. The building quickly collapsed, trapping eight people in the flames that were only put out about three hours later. Seven people were confirmed dead at the scene, while one succumbed to severe burns at the hospital. Hoài Đức police on Saturday managed to identify the victims. The only female victim, 55-year-old Cấn Thị Tâm, was the cook at the workshop. The rest of the dead people were young men, with the youngest, Kiều Văn Trúc aged just 15. Other victims were identified as Nguyễn Nho Thành, 16, Kiều Tiến Trọng, 17, Nguyễn Hồng Sơn, 19, Trần Quang Huy, 20, and the 27-year-old Lê Văn Hoạt. The age of the last victim, Khuất Văn Thịnh, is yet to be ascertained. Two 16-year-old teenagers, Nguyễn Tiến Anh and…... [read more]

The “gain in output, loss in price” lesson is a bitter disheartening experience for Vietnamese farmers. Vietnam's agricultural sector is facing numerous difficulties and challenges while industrial growth showed signs of slowing down. Smart agricultural development is sluggish due to shortcomings and barriers to land, market and capital. At present, Vietnam has three hi-tech agricultural zones approved by the Prime Minister in Hau Giang, Phu Yen and Bac Lieu provinces. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development granted certificates to 26 hi- tech agricultural companies. In addition, three provinces built plans for construction of hi-tech agricultural zones, namely Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa and Lam Dong. Dr Doan Cong Khanh (Research Institute for Trade) said that agricultural restructuring has not touched enterprises and entrepreneurs. Vietnam’s care for agricultural development and priority for farmers are right but ineffective approaches. Although there are many incentive policies, few companies are interested in agricultural investment. Meanwhile, agriculture will not be able to be modernised if there is no business. Agricultural companies were insignificant by the end of 2015. According to statistics, only 1.01 per cent of established companies were engaged in agriculture in 2014, mostly small entities. Up to 55 per cent of companies had less than VND5 billion of registered capital. The impact of loosened agricultural and rural policies seems to reach the peak, even some becoming barriers to development. There are many agricultural and rural investment incentive policies but they are ineffective. According to Mr…... [read more]

GE Healthcare, in co-operation with Hanoi’s Friendship Hospital within the framework of the Diagnostic Imaging on Cardiac symposium, held the launching ceremony for the Revolution CT 256 detector rows, an innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. The launching ceremony for GE Healthcare’s state-of-the-art Revolution CT 256 detector rows, the newest in Friendship Hospital’s arsenal The ceremony took place on July 20, attended by government officials, domestic and international medical experts, GE representatives, leaders, managers, and the staff of Friendship Hospital and other hospitals. According to export.gov, a trusted source of market intelligence developed by international trade specialists and economists, much of the existing medical equipment in Vietnamese public hospitals is obsolete and needs replacement. Many hospitals lack sufficient equipment for surgery and intensive care units. Thus, the Vietnamese government encourages the import of medical equipment because local production cannot meet the demand. US-based GE Healthcare has become a familiar brand in the Vietnamese medical industry, as it has provided hospitals and clinics with modern medical equipment and numerous training courses for their medical staff. This is especially helpful in the context reported in a 2016 research study by the Danish Embassy in Vietnam. The report describes the demand for imported medical equipment as a growing one, especially for imaging diagnostic equipment, such as CT scanners. GE Healthcare is making yet another significant contribution…... [read more]

Overview of the conference (Photo: VNA) Son La (VNA) – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures to intensify their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy said that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to the students, including assistance in dormitory with study equipment and good living conditions, he said, adding that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including those in choosing majors and Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed Son La’s  training establishments specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La will continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides also drew lessons in the field and put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures concerning the intensification of their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy stated that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to these students, including assistance in dormitory, study equipment, and good living conditions, he also added that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including challenges in choosing majors and difficulty with the Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed to Son La’s training establishments to specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while also enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La would continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee, the Military Command, and the Public Security Department of Son La,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s northwestern province of Son La and northern provinces of Laos held a conference in Son La on July 30 to discuss measures concerning the intensification of their cooperation in personnel training. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee of Son La Pham Van Thuy stated that the province is currently hosting more than 1,000 Lao students from northern Lao provinces. Son La has offered support to these students, including assistance in dormitory, study equipment, and good living conditions, he also added that the Lao students have quickly integrated into local society and show good performances. Meanwhile, representatives of the Lao localities pointed out some difficulties facing Lao students, including challenges in choosing majors and difficulty with the Vietnamese language. Chomsilath Thanapan, Vice Governor of Bokeo province, proposed to Son La’s training establishments to specify their training programmes and inform the Lao side through its Department of Foreign Affairs, while also enhancing the quality of Vietnamese language teaching for Laos students. Hoang Tien Duc, Director of the Son La Department of Education and Training, said that Son La would continue building its training plans with priority on areas of Lao northern localities’ demand. At the conference, the two sides put forth solutions to enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation in the future. Within the event, a ceremony was held to present Friendship Orders of the Lao President to the People’s Committee, the Military Command, and the Public Security Department of Son La,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese boy who could barely walk or speak because of cerebral palsy gets two degrees at a US university and looks forward to new challenges, Phan Duong and Luong Huong report. Red letter day: Quan and his mother at his graduation ceremony at the Georgia Gwinnet College in the US in May. Photo kenh14.vn Graduation Day is special for all students, but the applause was particularly prolonged and resounding as Tran Manh Chanh Quan’s name was announced at the ceremony held at Georgia Gwinnett College in May this year. The special applause for Quan was not just that he was getting two degrees, one in IT and another in mathematics, but that the wheel-chair bound student was also suffered from cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that affects body movement, muscle control and co-ordination, reflex, posture and balance. Twenty-five years ago, when riding through a bumpy road in Ngai Giao Commune, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Quan’s mother, Le Manh Nu Vinh Son, fell off her bike. She was seven months pregnant with him. Quan was thus born with cerebral palsy. He could not sit by himself at the age of three. With monumental patience, Son and her husband trained their son with physiotherapy. It took a long time for Quan’s left hand to loosen a bit and for him to feel objects with it. He could only mouth a few words with great difficulty and the speech impediment is a lifelong condition, along with…... [read more]

Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions.— Photo Vietel Unitel, a joint venture between Vietnamese telecom giant Viettel Group and Laos Asia Telecom, seeks to increase its turnover by 10 per cent to US$165 million this year. “Unitel has retained its leading position in Laos and a growth of 10 per cent in turnover requires a huge effort,” Nguyen Hoang Son, deputy director of Unitel, told Viet Nam News. In Laos, income from data has grown significantly to account for 40 per cent of turnover compared to 25 per cent in Viet Nam, according to Son. Unitel has 2.8 million subscribers and a 50 per cent market share of mobile subscriptions and 35 per cent of broadband subscriptions. With 4,000 base transceiver stations and 24,000km of fibre-optic cable, Unitel covers every district in Laos and 95 per cent of the population. Since June 2015 it has been providing 4G services. According to the London-based Brand Finance, an independent intangible asset valuation consultancy, in 2016 Unitel was the most effective telecommunications brand name in ASEAN. Its brand value has grown by 106 per cent since 2015 to $132 million, and is the top telecom brand in Laos and the top 30 in the region. The company has donated $9.7 million for social causes, provided free internet to 600 schools and helped change the Lao…... [read more]




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